Lick Me, I Glow


The First Glowing Ice Cream

Screen Shot 2013-11-14 at 12.04.07 PMBy: Samantha Pereira and Lakshmi Ganesan

The ice cream sphere has always been experimenting with its flavours – from spaghetti and cheese to oyster – and bizzare flavours continue to pique interests all over the world. However, lo and behold, the stakes have been raised as the first ice cream that glows has been created.  

The inspiration for creating this ice cream came from a scientist in China who managed to extract the luminous protein from a jellyfish to ferret out its glowing ability. The ice cream which is now sold in Lick Me, I’m Delicious (a UK-based ice cream company), also known for their otherworldly flavours like horseradish and roast beef, sells each scoop at around SGD 280.

The concern that many may share is – it safe to consume? Well yes, because the protein that is injected into the ice cream isn’t the actual protein found in jellyfishes, instead they’re stomach-friendly synthesized versions. However, the proteins do work in a similar manner to the ones found in the jellyfish – when it gets agitated it glows – so the more you lick, the more heat your tongue generates, the more the ice cream glows.

So now that you know how it works and its exorbitant price tag, the question is – would you consume one?